ROARS in the New Normal

Baybay City, Leyte – As customary, November finds ATI RTC 8 bringing rice and organic agriculture awareness to different schools in Eastern Visayas.
The pandemic has seen students at home doing modular learning while teachers are working on different schedules with work-from-home options. Considering these situations, ATI RTC 8 decided to continue its conduct of the Rice and Organic Agriculture Awareness Reach Schools (ROARS) albeit with changes to its mechanics.

This year, no activities were conducted in the schools; however, the objective to promote awareness on rice sufficiency and organic agriculture was still addressed. A packet of information on #BeRiceponsible, the National Rice Awareness Month (NRAM), the Organic Agriculture Awareness Month, and ROARS was prepared and included in the modules distributed to selected schools. Each student of the selected grade level in that particular school was also given a kilo of colored rice. The teachers took charge of distributing the packs during module distribution.

The recipient school also received garden tools, vegetable seeds, seedling trays, and IECs on urban gardening and organic bio-concoctions for use in their TLE classes and improvement of their school garden.

Mr. Eddie Gucela, Grade 6 teacher of Kabunga-an Elementary School, was happy that ATI RTC 8 was able to visit their school. He said that the seeds will be useful for their school garden. He was excited as he was just looking for squash seeds and he noted that squash seeds were in the packets distributed by ATI RTC 8.

Mr. Gary Murillo, Grade 6 teacher of Mailhi Elementary School, promised to help spread the advocacy not only among his students but to other members of society as well.

Teachers also received colored rice and vegetable seeds. ATI RTC 8 emphasized their roles in teaching students about the importance of rice self-sufficiency, supporting local farmers, and using organic agriculture practices.

The schools selected for ROARS 2020 were Patag Elementary School, Mailhi Elementary School, Kabunga-an Elementary School, and Plaridel National High School all in Baybay City, Leyte.